March 2022 Edition of Inside Equal Access

Alison Haynes and Amanda FeasterA NOTE FROM THE EDITORS

Welcome to the first edition of Inside Equal Access, designed for both Kent State employees and students! We, Alison and Amanda, hope that you find this newsletter to be informative, inspirational and a catalyst for change.

The two of us manage different areas on campus. Alison leads the Digital Accessibility Team in the Division of Information Technology and can guide you on the accessibility of anything technological. Amanda directs Student Accessibility Services in Student Affairs and works to support students with disabilities. 

Together, we chair Kent State's Accessibility Committee and have founded the Equal Access Cooperative, which exists to bring departments and divisions together to create a fully accessible Kent State. You can contact us at EqualAccess@kent.edu

Each month in Inside Equal Access, we'll share some of our passion through real-world stories, tips for increasing the accessibility of the world around you, and proven solutions that create equity. Our dream is that this information creates passion, that passion becomes energy, and that energy fuels CHANGE which results in truly Equal Access for all.

You can learn more about our passion for Equal Access at both 1) Accessibility Awareness 101 Training, Thursday, March 3, 2022, or Tuesday, March 29, 2022, and 2) the Thursday, March 10, 2022, session of the Valuing the Strength of Diversity Town Hall SeriesDisability and Accessibility for Equity

Disability and Accessibility for Equality Town Hall, March 10, 2022

 

  • ACCESSIBILITY IN THE NEWS: "SCARY-LOOKING" VILLAINS

    ACCESSIBILITY IN THE NEWS: "SCARY-LOOKING" VILLAINS

    Connecting a villain’s evilness to a physical disability or atypical feature has a long history in the movie industry. This trope has reinforced misinformation about people with disabilities. 

  • STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Ethan Smith

    STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Ethan Smith

    Learn about Ethan's journey as a student majoring in Communication Studies, and Emerging Media and Technology.

  • EDITORIAL: ABLEIST LANGUAGE

    EDITORIAL: ABLEIST LANGUAGE

    Choosing better words

  • EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT: Virginia Dressler

    EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT: Virginia Dressler

    Digital Projects Librarian

 

Are you a student with at least one disability? Tell us about it.

 

  • Pre-Purchase Review Process

    Pre-Purchase Review Process

    I have a P-card! Now what?

  • Colour Contrast Analyser App

    Colour Contrast Analyser App

    Learn to test color contrast.

  • The Equal Access Academy

    The Equal Access Academy

    Preview and Sign Up for Equal Access Academy Trainings

  • Accessibility Committee

    Accessibility Committee

     

 

Accessibility By the Numbers

19%

the percentage of high school graduates nationally who state they have one or more disabilities

25,000

the approximate number of Kent State students

4750

the number of students who would likely qualify for disability services

2263

the number of students who are receiving disability services in the Spring 2022 semester

What can YOU do about these numbers?

Work to invest in students' and peers' lives; ask about their struggles, their victories, their routines.
Then if they self-disclose a disability, you'll already be in a position of trust and can provide assistance. 
*Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2021). Digest of Education Statistics, 2019 (2021-009), Chapter 3

 

In case you were wondering, click any accessibility topic below to learn more